Bill (No. 150) to amend the Weights and Measures Act.-Mr. Campbell.
Bill (No. 151) respecting the remission of penalties.-The Minister of Justice.
HALIFAX INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
The MINISTER OF JUSTICE moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 152) further to amend the provisions of Chap. 183 of the Revised Statutes with respect to the Halifax Industrial School, and Saint Patrick's Home at Halifax.
Robert Laird Borden
(Leader of the Official Opposition)
It is merely to extend the age at which boys shall be admitted to the reformatory. At the present time the age limit is sixteen years, but the local legislature has passed a Bill to extend the age to eighteen years. This is to make our statute conform to the statute of the local legislature.
My hon. friend called my attention to this matter of dismissal some few days ago, and I sent an urgent letter to all the departments but have so far not received the information required. I shall call attention to the matter again.
they are required to undergo a preliminary examination and it is intended to discontinue this system and substitute the departmental examination. It was not considered of any practical importance that these officers should be required to have special qualifications necessary to pass the examination required by the civil service examiners. A more practical examination would probably be better.
That would be for the department to prescribe. It would be such an examination that would call for a knowledge of the elementary subjects, such as reading and writing and a little arithmetic, in order to see if they have the necessary education to enable them to discharge the duties of their office.
In the first place, they will not have to pay anything. At present a very large number of persons present themselves annually for examination who are never called to any position, but under this Bill no man will be requested to undergo an examination unless there is a position for him. It will be the same practice as is followed in the Toronto police corps, I presume. Under the present law, thousands of persons have presented themselves at the annual examinations, at considerable cost to themselves, and the great majority of them never receive an appointment.